Senior Director of Raw Materials & Trim

Job Description

To ensure all Raw Materials and Trim are developed and engineered and procured to meet and exceed functional requirements and standards to delight the customer.


  • Build a sustainable business model in partnership with VP of Raw Materials and Quality for the procurement of appropriate raw materials and trims.
  • Provide strategic alignment to the activities of the Raw Materials and Trim Engineering teams to the needs of the business while elevating quality
  • Lead the Raw Materials Procurement teams to be integrated with planning and merchandizing and focussed on building reliable matrix of supplier partners
  • Partner closely with counterparts in Raw Materials Development and Product Development teams to provide direction and technical support to strategic initiatives.
  • Develop and lead the team (capability and execution) to ensure that appropriately high levels of engineering standards are achieved
  • Ensure all engineering activities are effectively executed, including: development, cost engineering; development testing, root cause analysis testing & response; risk assessment; compatibility (including colour & grading); care & content label development; swing ticket development.
  • Ensure achievement of regulatory compliance
  • Ensure the effective documentation and capture of product technical information
  • Timely, robust, customer focused decision making
  • Innovation in the technical development of RM & trims
  • Support the RM & Trim Procurement team to monitor supplier performance, evolve supplier relationships and on-board new suppliers
  • Contribute to the development of technical standards
  • Establish strong working relationship and collaboration with interfacing internal teams and with suppliers
  • Establish a performance measurement and monitoring system for suppliers to guide the decision making.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have:

In depth previous experience working with the following -

  • Fabric Suppliers
  • Yarn Spinners
  • Fibre Suppliers
  • Tanneries
  • Suppliers of Exotic Skins and Furs
  • Trim and Hardware Suppliers
  • Packaging suppliers